If you download the Matroska link to the right, you will get a mkv-file with optional subtitles, which you can play with a vlc-player on your computer.
This is a pretty impressive biopic of the famous love story between Robert Schumann (Matthias Wiemann) and Clara Wieck (Hilde Krahl) and his descent into madness. Clearly an expensive production, it's full of atmosphere, stylish lighting, swooping camera trackings and so on. It's played and written in a high, pathetic tone which fits very well with the style. There are some minor bits about German vs. foreign music which can be easily ignored. The film struggles with the notion of an independent woman and partly endorses the devotion to art and a higher destiny while on the other hand it describes the negative effects on the marriage. There are some obviously effective scenes when Schumann begins to lose his mind and a particularily eerie one when his mind is gone and he is a patient in a psychic ward which is accompanied by a deceptively happy music.
Truly fine film indeed, and thankfully quite removed from the heroic 'genius films' that the Third Reich also had to offer. Instead, the story of Schumann and Wieck is played in a believable and, as far as I can see, also historically faithful manner, and often with a quiet, melancholic tone. The more dramatic scenes, when they come, are all the more striking because of it. And I had to check twice to make sure that the fantastic camerawork wasn't by Fritz Arno Wagner (because it looks like his all the time), but indeed by Robert Baberske. One of the best of the late UFA films, I'd say. Highly recommended!